PM Carpenter was impressed. Money quote:

The essence of President Obama's press conference this morning was the same, imperturbable essence as always: the long game. He emphasized again and again, in differing words, that his goal as president "is to actually solve the problem," to "be practical," to defer the "good headline," and to pursue a "serious conversation" with opponents within "a spirit of cooperation."

Actually solving the problem, in Obama's judgment, means not addessing it in his, you know, budget. Well, let's give him time and hold him accountable if this really is his strategy. He's fooled me before.

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